Man’s best friends will soon have a new local spot for taking in fresh air and stretching their legs.
The Cleveland-Holloway Neighborhood Association and the Durham Parks and Recreation Department have formed a novel partnership that will result in the opening of downtown’s first play space intended especially for canines. The Downtown Durham Dog Park will be located on vacant city-owned land at North Roxboro and Elliott streets.
The site is west of Queen Street, north of the Scarborough Nursery School and across Roxboro from First Baptist Church. A community cleanup day has been scheduled for the morning of April 23; the park should open to the public by early May.
Dragana Lassiter, 30, is pursuing a doctorate in cultural anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill. For nearly two years, she’s lived in Cleveland-Holloway with Asa, a mixed-breed male dog.
“I think it will benefit not just Cleveland-Holloway but the whole downtown community,” Lassiter said of the new recreation space that she helped create along with a team from the neighborhood association. “Obviously we don’t have a dog park, and many people have dogs, and many people don’t have back yards.”